Ocean Quest, is a serie of 5 x 52min HD documentaries to be released 2010.
As much as 71 % of Earth's surface is covered by water, representing one of the last great frontiers on this planet. We literally have only scratched the surface of what lies beneath the waves. And even of the species we have found, we know relatively little.
Perhaps the greatest challenge we face in exploring the oceans is to get close to marine life without disturbing it. A tall order, given the noise and clouds of bubbles emitted by most diving equipment.
So some scientists have now turned to freediver Frederic Buyle: they want to see if his noiseless and calm method of diving might allow him to approach even shy animals and be tolerated by them in their immediate vicinity. His freediving abilities are remarkable: not only does he descend to depths exceeding 60 metres, he also manages to stay there for up to 7 minutes on a single breath.
Responding to enquiries from researchers, Frederic teams up with the renowned underwater cameraman Christian Petron to document his experiences. Christian’s vast experience includes working on Luc Besson's 'The Big Blue' and 'Atlantis', but Frederic’s attempts to freedive with ocean dwellers like great white sharks will certainly test even Christian’s impressive skills.
In each show, Frederic and Christian work closely with scientists trying to find answers to the mysteries of our oceans. But they also seek out locals who know the local waters and their wildlife like the back of their hand. These are people who work with basic methods in the water, much like Frederic himself. He hopes they can provide advice to help him find his target species, and understand how to behave around it. Local knowledge can prove invaluable in this game, perhaps even save his life.
Ocean Quest combines science, nature and adventure in a way that is enthralling and captivating, yet informative. Frederic's abilities and experiences wow the viewer, while his close teamwork with Christian allows the audience a window into the very real challenges of accessing underwater life, as well as documenting it. This stunning aquatic spectacle and rollercoaster ride of discovery and personal experiences will keep viewers glued to their seats.
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